Where did Rick Ross go to college? Rick Ross attended Albany State University in Georgia on a football scholarship, though he left after a year to pursue music. According to, Rick Ross began writing lyrics “romanticizing the money gained from dealing drugs,” and the prospect of a lucrative career in hip-hop led him to abandon his studies and grab the microphone. Of course, he didn’t jump straight into rap. As many fans know, the Maybach Music bawse worked for a spell as a correctional officer, which is ironic, given the outlaw persona he’s adopted on such albums as “Mastermind,” which dropped in 2014.

Geographically speaking, Rick Ross went to college in Albany, Georgia, where Albany State University was established in 1903. A historically black college, Albany State University boasts several famous alums, among them Alice Coachman, the first woman to win a gold medal at the Olympics. Although Ross was similarly athletic — according to reports, his football skills might have been good enough to land him an NFL contract — he ultimately opted for slinging rhymes and making deals, and that decision has served him well. In 2006, he released his debut album, “Port of Miami,” and in the years since, he’s dropped five LPs, four of which have topped the Billboard 200. The only one that didn’t hit the top spot, “Teflon Don,” climbed to a respectable no. 2.

Rick Ross is one of many rappers who have attended college, and he joins Ludacris, Chuck D, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Paul Wall, and numerous others on the list of MCs who’ve paid their dues in the classroom. Even if Ross didn’t graduate from Albany State University, he likely took something from the experience, and no one can accuse Ricky Rozay of being anything less than super smart in his subsequent business dealings. To wit, he’s reportedly worth $35 million.

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